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Idol songs that should've made them famous first

By AllK_Maknae   Wednesday, September 21, 2016   131,734   6,326   0



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Ever hear a K-Pop song and think, "This is addicting. Completely addicting," but wonder how it went nowhere on the charts? While our favorite groups released hit songs that put them on the map, there were actually older songs that should have put them on the map first yet received little to no attention.

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Before the concept switching, revamped sounds, and even member changes, these groups had hit songs that settled into the dust. Check out some songs long-time fans can't forget and you shouldn't miss!

1. Girl's Day - "Nothing Lasts Forever"

Before the girls really hit it big with "Something" (although they had always done relatively well), they were pushing viewers off the edge with "Nothing Lasts Forever." This song earned them the nickname "reverse-dol" for their completely dramatic transformation after a messy debut, and this should have been the hit song to shoot them to the top of the charts way before "Something"!

2. EXID - "Every Night"

After the sudden rise of "Up & Down" due to Hani's fancam, many started showing EXID the love they rightly deserved. However, fans who followed them from debut know that EXID had many great hits and showcased their flawless vocals in songs like "Every Night."

3. Stellar - "Study"

Despite using utter sex appeal to rake in the attention after "Marionette," Stellar embraced a more charmingly sweet side in songs like "Study" and even "UFO." "Study" is a quirky, playful track, like "Fool," that sadly went unnoticed. 

4. BTS - "Just One Day"

While the beloved boys of BTS blew up in everyone's faces with hits like "Dope" and now "Fire," their smooth, heart-racing ballad "Just One Day" is the original jam!

5. AOA - "Confused"

Remember when AOA was a band? Yeah, me neither. After shedding that concept (and some clothes), the girls took the high-heeled road with the sexy, soulful release "Confused." The track is catchier than their 'it' track "Miniskirt," IMHO.


With "Be Mine" being the hit song to solidify INFINITE's popularity, the veteran group released tracks like "BTD" that displayed not only their distinct sound in K-Pop but also their highly developed vocals and dance skills as well.

7. VIXX - "Hyde"

VIXX skyrocketed into popularity with songs like "Voodoo Doll" and recently "Chained Up," but another song caught the attention of fans earlier on. "Hyde" is an edgy, dark song that really showcased the members dance skills and charisma. The concept was nicely done and, believe it or not, "Hyde" shares a similar sound to "Chained Up."

8. SHINee - "Replay"

While some idols are born out the womb famous, it wasn't until "Ring Ding Dong" that boy group SHINee became the K-Pop gods we know and idolize today. Despite "Ring Ding Dongs" massive fame, their debut track "Replay" remains a top song that should have sealed the deal since day one.

9. SISTAR - "So Cool"

Hit songs like "Ma Boy" and "Loving U" stole the spotlight, but SISTAR had a sexy style that overflowed with charisma and attitude. While those tracks earned popularity, songs like "How Dare You" and "So Cool" went a little off the radar compared to other successful hits.

10. B1A4 - "Baby Goodnight"

Before confusing fans and winning awards with playful track "What's Going On?" the boys of B1A4 had released an even more fun and flirty track called "Baby Goodnight." The funky, upbeat tunes of "Baby Goodnight" went a little unnoticed by the charts but is completely loved to this day by BANAS across the globe.

  1. AOA
  2. EXID
  3. Girl's Day
  5. Nine Muses
  6. SHINee
  8. VIXX
  9. (Bangtan Boys) BTS
  10. Stellar

big_kpop_lovers Thursday, October 27, 2016

only STARLIGHT will understand about HYDE ^^ I always love their reaction when people mention about their stage ^^

ppase Tuesday, October 18, 2016

so cool was a hit for sistar. the song that shouldve been sistars hit song was SHADY GIRL.

prinxcipe Friday, September 23, 2016

baby goodnight is such a good song

razorbladeromanc Thursday, September 22, 2016

Girl's day's "nothing last forever" was my 2010 jam. I second the motion that they should've been famous because of that song

And_I_Quote Thursday, September 22, 2016

SHINee's Replay is still one of my favorite tracks. Whenever I listen to it or watch the MV, I just feel so happy ^^

singletear And_I_Quote Thursday, September 22, 2016

There is nothing in the world that sounds more 2008 than Replay. I love that song so effing much, everytime I hear I'm instantly a 12 year-old new fanboy again xD

crystalCassie91 Thursday, September 22, 2016

Honestly I can see pretty clearly why non of these songs are what got them on the fame wagon... They are all missing the "wow" factor.. I was actually a little board watching most of these... I started daydreaming and went in my own zone while watching.. They are good songs, pretty decent, but not good enough to get everyone talking about them..

singletear crystalCassie91 Thursday, September 22, 2016

You think Exid-Every Night is boring?! It's one of their best songs, it was good enough to be remade 3 times on 3 different albums lol

k_kid Thursday, September 22, 2016

AKP, you guys left out SPICA - You Don't Love Me.

Lovely_Cornchips k_kid Thursday, September 22, 2016

Painkiller you mean?

Lovely_Cornchips Thursday, September 22, 2016

Or tonight? Tonight should've shot them to fame.

Tzuyu_4yu Thursday, September 22, 2016

i love all of those songs I agree with everything this list has to offer. Just one day is my favorite bts song and honestly that should be way more popular.

xxivu Thursday, September 22, 2016

Even EXID felt that Every Night could've been their turn-it-around song, especially considering there's like multiple versions of that song under different names.

AngelOfLight Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lol and is AKP going to make an article about groups that should have continued to be famous after a hit song/debut? I can already think of NUEST and U-Kiss.... :') Like goddamnit they are so underrated T-T

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